attic

noun (1)
at·​tic | \ ˈa-tik How to pronounce attic (audio) \

Definition of attic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a low story or wall above the main order of a facade in the classical styles
2 : a room behind an attic
3 : a room or a space immediately below the roof of a building : garret
4 : something resembling an attic (as in being used for storage)

Attic

adjective
At·​tic | \ ˈa-tik How to pronounce Attic (audio) \

Definition of Attic (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of Athens or its ancient civilization
2 : marked by simplicity, purity, and refinement an Attic prose style

Attic

noun (2)

Definition of Attic (Entry 3 of 3)

: a dialect of ancient Greek originally used in Attica and later the literary language of the Greek-speaking world

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Synonyms for attic

Synonyms: Noun (1)

cockloft, garret, loft

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Examples of attic in a Sentence

Noun (1)

rented the attic out to a college student

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Black attracts and retains heat, making attics hotter. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, "Need a new roof? 7 pro tips to help you choose those shingles," 21 Aug. 2019 Thin layers of metal screen stretched across vents can keep embers from penetrating a combustible attic. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "As wildfire risk grows west of Cascades, homeowners urged to better protect their homes," 30 July 2019 Sprinklers activated in the attic prevented the fire from spreading further, the fire department said. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Cigarette causes hotel fire in Indianapolis that displaced 200 people," 17 July 2019 Fire crews believe the blaze started in a garage and spread to three other units through the attic. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Fire contained after damaging 4 condominiums in Fern Creek," 8 July 2019 Among the stars widely suspected of having Dorian Gray-esque portraits of themselves hidden away in some attic are Jennifer Lopez, Angela Bassett, and Kate Beckinsale. Marci Robin, Allure, "Paul Rudd Just Turned 50 and Still Looks Exactly the Same as He Did in the ‘90s," 7 Apr. 2019 Seasonal items, rarely used gadgets, and items stored in the attic or basement are a good place to start. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Follow This Weekly Moving Checklist for a Smooth, Stress-Free Transition," 5 Dec. 2018 Water intrusion or obvious gaps in the attic are a major warning sign. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: How to decide whether to repair or replace your roof," 31 July 2019 The cause of the fire is under investigation but it was believed to have started in the attic. Cheryl Higley, cleveland.com, "Officer treated after house fire: Avon Lake police blotter," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of attic

Noun (1)

circa 1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for attic

Noun (1)

French attique, from attique of Attica, from Latin Atticus

Adjective

Latin Atticus of Attica, from Greek Attikos, from Attikē Attica, Greece

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The first known use of attic was in 1577

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attic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of attic

: a room or space that is just below the roof of a building and that is often used to store things

attic

noun
at·​tic | \ ˈa-tik How to pronounce attic (audio) \

Kids Definition of attic

: a room or a space just under the roof of a building

attic

noun
at·​tic | \ ˈat-ik How to pronounce attic (audio) \

Medical Definition of attic

: the small upper space of the middle ear

called also epitympanic recess

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